Harare City Council will this week embark on a massive raid to rid the city of unlicensed vendors and irregular shopping outlets as authorities step up efforts to combat spread of typhoid. Police are also expected to be part of the operation amid concerns that municipal officers appear ill-equipped to deal with the growing number of illegal vendors who sell their wares at night.
Speaking to The Sunday Mail last week, Harare City Council acting public relations manager Mr Michael Chideme said Council would with immediate effect raid illegal vendors in the city centre. Said Chideme:
The Harare City Council is banning all unlicensed food vending. We will also enhance inspection of all food outlets to guarantee adherence to set regulations. (We are also going to) close all outlets violating the city’s regulations.
Chideme also revealed city authorities are aware that vending is a source of livelihood for many people but said there will be no compromise due to the health risks posed by vending.
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